Seasonal reflections and reactions

Hope in adversity was the Easter message for those who had suffered through earthquakes, tsunamis and foods of late and Earth Day produced “a billion acts of green”. Hopeful signs around the world. But the global media focus is on London for the Royal wedding (29 April). We sincerely hope this is a great occasion of joy, commitment and peace, not marred by any untoward event or ugly demonstration. We wish the young Royal couple a long and happy future. To those of our readers in Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day is marked as always on 25 April, respectfully remembering the fallen in wars past and present, as well as those who have suffered in some way through such atrocities. Increasingly looming on the horizon is the “clear and present danger” posed by food security, water shortages, climate refugees and other likely consequences of a warming world. Let’s hope our leaders in Governments and in business do more to limit such disastrous outcomes by collectively agreeing to peaceful and constructive solutions. “Acts of God” we might still call some of these major calamities, but increasingly it is becoming apparent that humankind must accept a large part of the blame. Industrialisation, burning fossil fuels and destroying our forests have all led to severe and obvious environmental degradation, but also to marked changes in our climate. The evidence is there to see, according to Live Science, acknowledging “the scientific community’s unified stance regarding the warming of our planet.” Read also how China is “dam-mad” and adding to Asia’s water woes. The ozone layer’s hole continues to be a problem that won’t go away for some time. Singapore is making its contribution to environmental research with the take-off of a new small satellite and the launch of a paperless transaction service, called GreenPost. Investment in sustainable business in Australia is showing some promise, Google invests more in wind energy for data centres and Singapore is attracting strong wind investors. The Clintons and Bloombergs are teaming up to focus on urban renewal, while Lockheed Martin says sustainability makes good business sense. Australia calls for more energy efficiency to be built into buildings and wave energy turbines get turning out west, while salt – according to the New Scientist – could be an important ingredient in our energy diet. Seasoning for the future! – Ken Hickson

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